Okuti Valley to Hilltop and Montgomery Park Reserve - 17 November 2019

The Okuti Valley to Hilltop track, to my shame, is an area relatively close to Christchurch that I was quite unaware of. Linking up at Hilltop, it forms an extra segment to the 35 kilometre Te Ara Pataka - Port Levy Saddle Track which connects to the Packhorse Track and Gebbies Pass via Mts Herbert and Bradley, adding another 7.5 km to the marked route.

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Godley Peak, Rakaia - Monday 25 November 2019

Yes, MONDAY. We know it is becoming a habit, but if there is only a 24 hour window between norwesters, then why not go on that day, with slight apologies to anyone who has to work. We did and, as forecast, the weather was near perfect.

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Rhyolite Track—Woolshed Creek Hut—Coalmine Track Sunday 3 November 2019

Expecting a 30oC day and after a late-night watching rugby, members stayed away in droves, but a car-load of intrepid trampers headed for Woolshed Creek car park. Off by 10:15am, our leader Norman chose to go up the Rhyolite track in the relative cool of the day. It must have been a mere 29C then!

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St James Walkway - Labour Weekend 26-29 October 2019

Six intrepid trampers set off from the Boyle River village at Labour Weekend into a somewhat unknown weather forecast, the St James Walkway being on the Divide can experience either or both east and west coast weather patterns. We had it all – rain, sun, overcast, and a mix of snow flurries and a tee-shirt sunny lunch stop within the space of an hour on the last day. But at least it was never cold.

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Ben More (1665m) in the Big Ben range - Saturday, 26 October 2019

Labour Weekend was approaching with forecasts causing two club trips to be cancelled, as well as my private trip to the West Coast. So I rang around the frustrated trampers and organised a day trip for Saturday, which looked fine.

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